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ISSUE DATE: 05/17/2010

Got ya covered

By Jennifer Bremer

Cover crops can be an excellent way to extend pastures and reduce the amount of hay needed for a cowherd.

George and Steve Schaefer of Kalona, Iowa, have been using cover crops for grazing their 125-head cowherd for about three years. The brothers incorporate the cover crops of cereal rye, alfalfa hay, and red clover into their farming operation. These plants are grown between regular grain crop production periods. They have also tried annual rye, turnips and radishes but have had more success with the others.

The plan

The Schaefers' operation is about 600 acres of row crops--corn, soybeans, wheat, oats and hay--with it being half organic and half conventional production. Most of their conventional acres are no-till, and some of their organic acres are no-till.

Their cattle are rotationally grazed--and grazing the cover crops is in that plan.

"We include cover crops in our grazing program. The plan is to have the cows eat the rye in the spring and the red clover in the fall," said George Schaefer.


NEWS

AFBF calls for Congress to pass trade agreements
Ag marketing workshop will be held in Dodge City
AgDiscovery Program seeks teens for summer experience at Iowa State University
Agricultural markets workshops scheduled
Awards presented by ISU agriculture honor society
Bipartisan bill protects borrowers by extending access to FSA Loan Guarantees
Bonjour named new director of Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program
Bumper crop of generosity harvested at the southern plains farm show
Cash flow is important for small businesses
Don Preister to retire from Nebraska Wind Working Group
EU food research expert to speak at Centennial Lecture
Extension to host ag events
Financial literacy is important for youth
Food Labeling Workshop slated for May 17 to 18
Grant writing seminar set for May 4 and 25 in Blackwell
Host families needed for Japanese exchange students
ISU American Indian plant genetics outreach honored by USDA ARS
ISU rural sociologist named interim director of Leopold Center
Kansas' role in food and ag safety noted at BIO International Convention
Kathleen Merrigan receives national honor
Managing algal blooms in water bodies
Markey backs greater flexibility for college savings
More grants available for young Texas farmers to start, expand operations
OALP Class XV now accepting applications
Powell family's farm a labor of generations' love
Rail Day 2010 activities to focus on STB reform legislation
Ritter vetoes farm vehicle bill
Survey: Bankers see promise in ag industry
Thousands attend Kansas Sampler Festival
Underground coal seam concerns Wyoming rancher
USDA announces new performance standards for Salmonella, Campylobacter
USDA announces new Tree Assistance Program
USDA announces support for disadvantaged ag producers
USDA invites applications for renewable energy funding
USDA, DOE announce funding for biomass research and development initiative
Vilsack reappoints Almanza as FSIS administrator
Wichita Falls Ranch and Farm Expo deemed a success
Wyo. wind project offers grouse conservation plan

CROPS

AgriLife Extension hires new viticulture advisor for West Texas
ARS scientists help improve potato storage capabilities
Assessing winter wheat damage after a freeze
Checkoff salutes U.S. soy's No. 1 customer during Beef and Egg Month
China opens markets to U.S. corn
Colombian trade agreement is priority for wheat industry
Corn Utilization and Technology Conference explores economic impact of corn technologies
Cotton, rice, soybean production costs up in 2010
Entomologist receives international recognition for crop resistance work
Every day is Earth Day for stewards of the land
Extension Center Spring Field Day May 20
FFV awareness campaign comes to Nebraska
Focus in pigweed fight shifts from thresholds to seed banks
Free Texas Watershed Stewards workshop May 12 in Seven Points
Gov. Heineman proclaims April 27 Natural Resources Conservation Day
Growing winter canola
Harvest correspondents return for another year
Ill. Farm Bureau warns of grain-bin dangers
ISU Seed Science Center, University of Nairobi to establish African seed institute
Karnal bunt research pays off
Management alternatives for returning CRP to crop production
Missouri Corn recognizes outstanding youth
Monitor emerging cotton plants for signs of pythium damage
NAMA hosts retirement reception for Betsy Faga
NAWG CEO attends White House Great Outdoors Conference
NCGA thanks Sens. Grassley, Conrad for GREEN Jobs Act
Nigerian millers rely on consistent wheat supply from the U.S.
NRCS Earth Team celebrates 25 years of volunteerism
NRCS honors volunteers during National Volunteer Week
Potential wheat freeze injury determined by several factors
Proper planting depth key in corn planting
Soyfoods month celebrates the nutritional value of soyfoods
Study summary shows importance of ag involvement in climate debate
Survey to explore Midwest farmers' risk management approaches
Texas organic food production, marketing on the rise
Texas Peanut Producers Board swears in directors and elects new officers
U.S. sunflower growers facing increasing global competition
U.S., Brazil agree on Memorandum of Understanding to help resolve cotton dispute
Website features helpful info for farmers
Wheat growers will receive ACRE payments, says MU-FAPRI analysis of USDA safety net
Wheat tour guess within distance of USDA guess
Wine field day set for June 8 at Hermannhof Winery

LIVESTOCK

Bringing heifers back to the dairy
Cattle care after the storm
Celebrate Beef Month in May
Dairy economists weigh in on previous farm bills
Dairy nutritionist named to new endowed professorship at Iowa State
Darby area rancher kills wolf mixing with horses
Debris in pastures potential health risk to cattle
DFA leader's testimony highlights industry progress
Independent Cattlemen's Association of Texas Convention set for June 9 to 11
Iowa beef producers go on trade mission
Japanese bloggers praise U.S. pork
Kansas Cattlemen's Association appoints new leaders
Logan County livestock owner deemed 'unfit'
Milk replacer medication strategies will be focus of May webinar
Montana producers say organic beef sales dropping
MSGA to hold Mid-Year Meeting June 10 to 12
NALF recommends strategic crossbreeding
New smart feeding system meets dairy farmers' needs
Pork producers see most profit in nearly four years
Predator workshop to be held May 10 in Brackettville
S.D. vet suspects poisoned jerky sickening dogs
Training, awareness are key to safety when handling livestock in emergencies
UNL research finds feeding corn coproducts to reproducing cows positive
Visiting Korean team experiences California beef tour

EDITOR

Along for the ride
Break up the meat packer-retailer cartel
Disapproving the endangerment

COLUMNS

America's meat preferences change slowly
Diesel fuel meets fleet, ag needs
Dual spring system helps harvest better quality hay, forage
Just a scoop full
New gang disc bearings debut
The hand-me-down kid
Who hears the barking dogs?

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock sales report
Apache livestock sales report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock sales report
Cold spring continues
Colder temperatures, frost create re-planting concerns
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Corn planting nearly complete
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Field work slowed by cold, wet temps
Field work slowed by rains
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary report
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market summary
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin livestock sales report
Kansas hay trading slow to moderate
McAlester livestock auction report
Most hay sales steady to slow
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock sales report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina livestock auction report
Significant crop planting occurred last week
South Central direct sheep sales
Springfield livestock sales report
St. Joe feeder pigs
Superior video auction report
Tulia livestock sales report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Warm, dry weather seen across majority of state
Watertown cattle sales report
West Plains regional cattle sales
Wheat bids sharply lower, corn closes slightly lower
Wheat disease seen in some areas
Wheat progressing, beginning to show stress with disease and lack of moisture
Wheat rated in mostly good condition
Woodward livestock market report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

A new way to use herbicides: Sterilize weeds
Blue mustard requires early treatment
Got ya covered
High Plains Ranch Practicum scholarships reduce cost to participants
Managing Grass Profitably workshop in Wray set for June
May 14 Butler Field Day to focus on forage-production strategies
Short course in property management offered by OSU
Sprock receives award for stewardship
Western Nebraska could see high numbers of grasshoppers this year

FAMILY

Better beans mean better health for all
Colorado State University Vets give service dogs free eye exams on May 21
Extension Master Gardeners launch nationwide blog
Fifty-Six
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo president retires
Gardens now open for tours
Gloria has many windows, pleasing features
Grandma's Yellow rose selected as Texas Superstar
Invasive species halts crayfish collection in Yampa River Basin
ISU alum to speak on serving humanity through food science
Meatless does not mean tasteless
Meditation for 5-17-10
New Mexico FFA members win at state contest
Planting the seeds for healthier habits
Quail Management Strategies meeting in Roberts County, Texas on May 26
Readers share hints
'Scrumptious Strawberries' on May 18
USDA to update National Farmers Market Directory in 2010
Using broadleaf herbicides
Women in Aviation: Ada Air Expo

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